Gay Games VII will host 12,000 participants and tens of thousands of family, friends and fans from some 70 countries in Chicago 15-22 July 2006.
"I feel like this is becoming sort of a tradition for me since I performed last time the Gay Games were in the States, in New York City in 1994," said Lauper. "I am thrilled to be a part of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago."
Lauper joins a slate of more than 60 music, television, arts, culture and sports legends from around the world performing in the 2006 Gay Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
"I have always felt that much of Cyndi Lauper's music is a personal anthem of love and support for the world's lesbian & gay community," said Greg McNitt, Gay Games Ceremony Committee Co-Chair. "Whether in her music or through her support of organizations like PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) or the Matthew Shephard Foundation, her work is so moving in part because it obviously represents her own true colors; her belief that everyone is beautiful, 'like a rainbow.' Her appearance at Wrigley Field is going to bring the house down!"
Gay Games VII takes place from 15-22 July 2006 with events throughout Chicago and its surrounding metro area including Oak Park, Evanston and Crystal Lake. The closing ceremony is Saturday, 22 July 2006, at Wrigley Field, home to baseball's legendary Chicago Cubs. The opening ceremony is Saturday, 15 July 2006, at Soldier Field. Tickets to both ceremonies as well as the ticketed sports and cultural events are on sale now at tickets.gaygameschicago.org.